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  • Jan1Sun

    Sukkot Devotion

    January 1, 2017 Dr. Michael Wodlinger
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    Power of Speech

    January 1, 2017 Dr. Michael Wodlinger
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    When G‑d saw humanity’s moral state, He did not at first express His decision to wipe out the world with a flood. Only after He formulated a way for humanity to survive (i.e., through Noah) did He pronounce His decision. This was because once an idea descends from thought into speech, its reality becomes more concrete and therefore it becomes harder to revoke.
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    Devotion

    January 1, 2017 Dr. Michael Wodlinger
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    Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you. (John 1: 48)

    In isiZulu, a dialect of Bantu, an African language, there is an expression – “I see you.”  These three words are rich in meaning and have a depth far greater than the physical aspect of sight.  When one Zulu says to another, “I see you,” he is saying, “I see the person you are.  I see your humanity; I see your morality; I see you commitment to justice.”

  • Jan1Sun

    Shavuot - Pentecost

    January 1, 2017 Dr. Michael Wodlinger
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    This year, 2015, we celebrate two important commemorations on one date – Saturday, 23 May.  What is so significant about this day?  On this day, Rabbinic Jews and Messianic Believers celebrate the Holy Day of Shavuot, while Christians celebrate the Holy Day of Pentecost.  What is the difference in these two days?  Not as much as you may imagine.
  • Jan1Sun

    Our Role as Leaders

    January 1, 2017 Dr. Michael Wodlinger
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    One of our task as believers in Adonai Yeshua, the Lord Jesus, as we embark in a new calendar year is to focus on our roles as leaders. Why do I say we?  Quite simply, we all have leadership responsibility within the Body of Messiah.  Each one of us has been given a certain responsibility to exercise leadership in areas he or she has been gifted.  The real question then is how are we fulfilling His call for us to exercise those leadership gifts?
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    Why Torah’s Instructions, Today?

    January 1, 2017 Dr. Michael Wodlinger
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    I have often heard it said we live in a society which is free from the restrictions of religion.  Interestingly, those who take this viewpoint say, we are sufficiently mature and advanced to recognize state and religion are separate entities and therefore there is no need for us to adhere or even reflect upon the laws that come to us from the Hebrew Scriptures, the Old Testament.  Really? 
  • Jan1Sun

    The Condition of Our Hearts

    January 1, 2017 Dr. Michael Wodlinger
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    The more times I read Torah, specifically Deuteronomy, the more I fear for my people, unsaved Israel.  For forty years they have wandered the desert; they have received food each day – food they did not grow themselves – and they received water from sources they did not have to dig.  The clothes they wore, from the time they left Egypt, did not wear out – these were passed down from the one generation to the next.  Even the sandals they wore on their feet did not wear out, after forty years! 
  • Jan1Sun

    Are We to Believe Blindly?

    January 1, 2017 Dr. Michael Wodlinger
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    One question which has been plaguing me, ever since I came to faith in Adonai Yeshua, the Lord Jesus - does trusting God stem from blind faith?  This is not a frivolous question but emerges from a perception I have encountered many times, in the believing community: just believe and everything will be O.K.  All God wants from us is our belief, our faith.  This is blind faith, defined as belief without true understanding, perception, or discrimination.
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    Is Israel God's Chosen People?

    January 1, 2017 Dr. Michael Wodlinger
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    I am having difficulty believing that in 2014 we are still debating the idea Israel is God’s Chosen People and that Israel is God’s elect.  Just the other day, I had a discussion on this very topic and the spector of Replacement Theology raised its ugly head once more.

  • Jun25Wed

    Why Torah's Instructions, Today?

    June 25, 2014
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    I have often heard it said we live in a society which is free from the restrictions of religion.  Interestingly, those who take this viewpoint say, we are sufficiently mature and advanced to recognize state and religion are separate entities and therefore there is no need for us to adhere or even reflect upon the laws that come to us from the Hebrew Scriptures, the Old Testament.  Really?  From my observation of the world today, I find very little evidence of this maturity or the ethical/moral advancement which would free us of the need for a higher set of guiding principles.  David’s words to us, in Psalm 15:2-5, ring particularly true today.

    How many of us are able to call ourselves blameless?  How many of us dare to say we do not sin?  Indeed, as Yochanan, the Apostle of Love shares with us, in 1 John 1: If we claim not to have sin, we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us. (1 John 1:8)  Even as we proclaim Messiah and His Grace, through His sacrifice before the creation of the world, as we read in Revelation 13:8, we sin.  And, as we sin, we need the guidance, support and direction of Adonai Elohim’s Life Instructions in our lives to maintain our walk on the narrow path.  My issue, then, why should we follow His life instructions, found in Torah?